For this project, I refigured the information presented in my research paper and used it to create a Google Site. While the audience for my paper was Mr. Stephens, the audience for my new Google Site is Virginia’s Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. I selected this audience because I hope that some of my analysis on government debt will aid any future decision making of the secretary involving Virginia’s debt.
The rhetorical situation of this project heavily influenced my choice of genre as I wanted to present my information in a formal and professional way. Since my new audience was a professional group of state government workers, I wanted to select a genre that I felt would be taken seriously once viewed by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Therefore, I chose to use a Google Site as it allowed me to organize my information, maintain formal diction, and insert photos relating directly to my topic of government debt.
The purpose and audience of my new rhetorical situation also affected some of the organizational decisions I made in producing my communication. Since my new audience works for the state government of Virginia, I decided to present the debt issue on a federal level at first and then transition into how it affects Virginia. In doing so, I chose to maintain the same formal diction used in my paper as I felt it best fit the professional mood of the new rhetorical situation. These things also allowed for the transition of ideas in my communication to be clear and fluid, which I believe aided the site’s formality and presentation.
Lastly, the rhetorical situation brought on by my new audience and genre led me to make some changes to my research paper’s text. In my research paper, I analyzed the debate over the rising U.S. federal debt and various economic attitudes over how and if to address it. Almost all of the information presented in the original paper was in regards to the federal debt, not individual state debts. When my audience changed and became Virginia’s Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, I refigured my research paper’s text to become more appropriate for my new audience and genre. Instead of presenting the government debt debate solely on a federal level, I incorporated more general information about state debts and applied many of the same principles used to evaluate the federal debt to the state of Virginia’s deficit. In doing so, I added a couple of facts about Virginia’s debt and made concepts such as GDP and trade applicable to the state level.